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Firs Syrah 2016

Craven
Firs Syrah

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A brand new addition in 2016 the Firs Syrah sees Mick working with a brand new site in Stellenbosch. Stylistically the Firs is the richer and riper of the two Craven Syrahs with a touch more plum and sweeter spice notes to the fore in the finished wine - delicious and an exciting comparison with the Faure.

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We love this because...

A brand new addition in 2016 the Firs Syrah sees Mick working with a brand new site in Stellenbosch. Stylistically the Firs is the richer and riper of the two Craven Syrahs with a touch more plum and sweeter spice notes to the fore in the finished wine - delicious and an exciting comparison with the Faure.

HK$ 260

Flavour profile

Complexity (C): 80
Acidity (A): 60
Body (B): 60
Tannin (T): 60
Fruit (F): 80

Tasting notes

Cherry Coffee Plum Spices

Pair this wine with...

Hamburger Hard cheeses Jamon Iberico Terrines

The story

Wine type

Concentrated, spicy red.

100% Syrah.

100% older oak (10 months)

Region

Stellenbosch.

South Africa.

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

11.9%

The wine

The new kid on the block in the Craven red line the Firs Syrah gives Mick the chance to explore the diversity of site specific syrahs possible within Stellenbosch. The Firs comes from a vineyard planted out on deep red clay soils; much heavier in texture than they rocky soils of Faure. This difference combines with Firs also being a naturally warmer site to produce a finished wine where a richer fruit character dominates alongside slightly sweeter spice notes.

The transparency of interpretation of the vineyard is enhanced by the fact that the winemaking approach taken here is almost identical to that used for the Faure. Specifically, this means 100% whole cluster fermentations using native yeasts with gentle pumpovers to build structure and keep the must aerated. The finished wine is aged for 10 months in older oak which helps to build structure without adding excessive oak flavours. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered with just the bare minimum SO2 addition. Still overall typified by a fresh elegant style the Firs Syrah offers a brilliant demonstration of how sensitive winemaking can clearly show the specifics of site in Stellenbosch.

The producer

The story Craven is one of the hottest new wineries in South Africa but its origins lie further...

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